Wright’s career has ‘only just started’

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Peter Wright insists his darts career has ‘only just started’ following his best ever run at the prestigious PDC World Matchplay last week.

The Mendham-based thrower climbed back up to world number four after reaching the semi-finals in Blackpool, but his hopes of winning a first major televised title ended with a 17-12 defeat to Michael van Gerwen on Saturday night.

“I thought I could beat Michael but I just couldn’t get out of first gear,” the 45-year-old said. “I didn’t hit enough trebles and wasn’t consistent as I was in the early rounds.

“I still had a lot of gas left. It was a bad day and quite disappointing, but I’ll get Michael back next time we play.”

Wright was in fine form on the Winter Gardens stage as he saw off Kim Huybrechts, Andrew Gilding and Gerwyn Price to clinch a last-four place.

The Scot averaged 98.27 to see off Price 16-7 in the quarter-finals after averaging 95.65 to beat Gilding 13-7 in the last 16.

The first of those victories, against Huybrechts, saw the former World Championship runner-up throw a stunning 108.13 three-dart average.

But despite recording his highest televised average during that 10-5 first round win over the Belgian, Wright believes there is more to come from him.

“I came off the stage and didn’t think I played well at all,” revealed the man nicknamed ‘Snakebite.’ “There’s a lot more to come from me.

“I’ve only just started. I’ve got the right darts now and the other sets of darts have been locked away!”

Wright returns to action in two weeks with a World Series triple-header in Australia and New Zealand.

And after a narrow 8-7 defeat to Phil Taylor in the final of the last World Series event in Japan last month, Wright is hopeful of ending his search for a maiden televised title while in Australasia.

“Hopefully I’ll win all three and secure my place in the finals in Scotland,” he said. “These events are important for all the darts players.

“We’re promoting darts all around the world and it’s fantastic to be a part of it.

“It’s amazing to play with all the top guys. Last time I lost in the final to Phil and I want to go one better next time.

“There’s other tournaments coming up like the Grand Slam which is now ranked, the World Grand Prix and all the European events.

“I want to do well in them too, and fingers crossed by the end of the year I can be up to number three in the world.”